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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Hillstone will be showing on stand G85 at DataCentreWorld in London 26-27 February 2014.

Over the past five years we have expanded our products and services that are common for the datacenters industry.

DCW will give the perfect platform to showcase Loadbanks, IST Commissioning and Validation, 11KV to 33KV design, training and consultancy, CFD, energy audits and are now all available under from Hillstone and key strategic partners.

Recent load bank projects &  IST commissioning projects have been delivered in UK, Europe & the Middle East for Telecity, Volkswagen, BBC, DU, Mobily, UPTime Institute.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia

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British Trade Mission to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, 24th - 28th November 2013

Hillstone Products UK are delighted exhibit at the Networking Reception being held at the Residence of the Head of the British Trade Office in Al Khobar on Sunday 24th November.

Hillstone,  a UK load bank manufacturer and datacenter commissioning service provider, which also operates in the Middle East from Dubai, will have UK - Managing Director and UAE - CEO, Paul Smethurst in the Kingdom during this event.

Paul will also have local transport available all week should it be more convenient to arrange visits at clients local offices in the area. 

The mission is being taken to complement the success achieved during the past 12 months in Saudi by Hillstone, which seen completion of projects such as the supply of 30 generator load banks for MOI in Riyadh and datacenter commissioning and testing for Blackberry in Dammam and UPtime certification for Mobily datacenters in Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh.

Please note that should you wish to visit the BTO Networking Reception we will need advance confirmation so we can register your details with the BTO security team to allow access to the compound.   

Contact: Hillstone via  to register for this event, giving full name, company details and telephone / mobile number

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Middle East Electricity 2013 follow-up

Hillstone is the world's foremost supplier of DC load banks and for the past 25 years this family business from the UK have developed the most extensive range of DC load banks for customers needing to commission batteries and chargers.

This week we have been exhibiting in Dubai at the Middle East Electricity Show and the most significant news and customer visitor feedback is that in this market Hillstone have no equal or serious competitor for quality, product, service and price!

Our name remains famous for load banks and our customer's have thanked us for making equipment that lasts such a long time, in some cases over 10 years - even when using the same load bank on a weekly basis over such a time period. A remarkable achievement and one we are very proud to deliver.

Our visitors have also confirmed that it has been the right decision to have our own local office and rental warehouse in Dubai, so we can continue to deliver the highest level of service that we offer.

This ensures the customer always gets the best price for the best product available in the market.

So to every visitor this week we thank you for taking the time to visit our stand and for your kind words of encouragement and we look forward to supporting you for many months and years ahead. 

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Middle East Electricity Show, Dubai, 2013

Hillstone Middle East will be on stand: S2G55 in the Sheikh Saeed Halls

Our online and catalogue profile 

In advance of visiting Hillstone at MEE2013 Dubai the online Hillstone Loadbanks web site details our profile and range of AC & DC load banks, available rental load banks and portable battery chargers that will be showcased on our stand

The AC loadbank range provides solutions for testing generators and UPS Systems from 5KW to 1200KW, single or three phase 110/208V, 240/415V, 277/480V, 50/60hz. Operating features include options for panel switches, intelligent hand held controllers, auto shedding load controllers and PC data-logging.
The DC load bank voltage range covers: 12V to 650V DC, with discharge currents upto 5000A. Available operating features include panel mounted switches or micro-processor control with PC data-logging.
The datacenter section details using load banks for testing and commissioning data rooms, with supporting presentations including slideshows and youtube videos.
The web site also has a download area for datasheets & operating manuals alongside our world wide partner network detailing representation in Europe, Middle East and the Far East
There are also links to our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn page & Group and blog sites, which are frequently updated with news and events.
Please contact via email: or telephone: +971 42559335

Exhibitor Categories  

  1. Air circulating Devices > Humidity Sensors
  2. Energy storage Devices & Connectivity products > Batteries
  3. Energy storage Devices & Connectivity products > Battery Chargers
  4. Engineering Consultancy Services > Engineering Services
  5. Heat transfer systems > Air Conditioning
  6. Heat transfer systems > Chillers
  7. Heat transfer systems > Heat Exchangers
  8. Power Distribution Systems > Earth Leakage detection and Protection
  9. Power Distribution Systems > Low - voltage equipment
  10. Power Distribution Systems > Reactors
  11. Power Electronics > Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems
  12. Power Factor Correction Equipment > Load Banks
  13. Power Generation > Generators
  14. PV B.O.S. Components > Batteries

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Summary of Hillstone's published data on datacenters

Updated Dec 2012

White Paper 

#1  Datacenter IST Commissioning, issued Dec 2012

Application Notes

Load banks used for IST Datacenters

Press Articles

November 2012 World in Power magazine on using load banks in datacenter commissioning:              

February 2011 Electrical Review magazine article on cloud based need for testing datacenters


Server simulator load bank        HAC230-6RM and HTM-20 mini tower

Online Movies and Presentations

IST video produced by our partners - Nixen in Poland

Video of using large load banks positioned across the IT space at Gyron Internet UK

Company profile including datacenter testing with load banks

Hillstone load bank presentation with datacenter services

Hillstone IST presentation

Sales offices 

UAE:        Tel +971 (0) 4 255 9355   Mob 00971 503690433   Email: Dubai Loadbank sales
UK:          Tel +44  (0)161763 3100  Mob 00447774 752 858  Email: UK Loadbank Sales

POLAND:  Tel +48 (22) 425 5521     Mob 0048 516182886     Email: Poland Loadbank Sales

Monday, 3 December 2012

Hillstone at Middle East Electricity Dubai 2013

Hillstone will be attending again at the Middle East Electricity 2013 exhibition in Dubai.

Our stand will show case our range of loadbanks including:

  • 19" rack mounted server simulators, 
  • DC load banks with PC discharge software and 
  • AC load banks including: 
    • auto load shedding and 
    • portable UPS / Genset testing units that interface with our LoadView datalogging software

We look forward to meeting new & existing customers from across the Middle East region and further a far.

For further information please contact Paul Smethurst via:
UAE: Tel +971 (0) 4 255 9355   Mob 00971 503690433   Dubai loadbank sales
UK:   Tel +44(0) 161763 3100   Mob 00447774 752 858  UK Loadbank sales

Friday, 23 November 2012

The following IST datacenter blog is issued from the published article in the November 2012 addition of  World in Power magazine.

Prior to the Integrated System Testing phase of the comissioning of a datacentre, the suppliers of individual M+E equipment, such as gen-sets, UPS, HVAC Systems, may well have already completed specific commissioning on their own systems, explains Hillstone’s Paul Smethurst.

Integrated System Testing ( IST ) has become an essential part of the commissioning of datacentres. This final testing procedure brings together the operational running of the individual mechanical and electrical systems to prove the data hall will function to is original design and operating specification.

Prior to the IST, the suppliers of individual M+E equipment, such as gensets, UPS, and HVAC may well have already completed specific commissioning on their own systems.

Hillstone’s managing director, Paul Smethurst explains: “Our range of 19” rack-mounted loadbanks have been supplied to test both HVAC and the electrical power infrastructure. When the rack-mounted loadbanks are fitted into our 20KW Mini-Towers, data halls can be commissioned and even sold to clients prior to ‘fitting out’ of the racks.”

Server simulators or 19” rack-mounted loadbanks form an essential part of any IST procedure. These loadbanks are used to provide an evenly distributed load in the data hall. This live simulation is used to fully test the electrical infrastructure and the installed Heat - Ventilation - Air Conditioning system.

Simulating a mains failure is also recommended as part of the IST procedure.
This will verify the switching sequence performance of the electrical backup system to ensure the power is automatically transferred to UPS and generators.
It also ensures the power can be restored without interruption or failure.

Paul Smethurst explains: “Hillstone’s range includes specifically-designed server simulation rack-mounted loadbanks plus high- powered loadbanks for UPS, generator and battery testing.”

He said: “These loadbanks are also available in the UAE as part of our Middle East rental service. We have supplied server simulators to perform IST procedures on many occasions and have found both major and minor problems in data halls.”

Datacentre problems identified during the use of Hillstone loadbanks over the past four years include:

* Failure of CRAC units resulting in flooding in the data hall.
* Electrical wiring mistakes from PDU to racks.
* Electrical riser overheating due to bad cable connections.
* System design errors.
* HVAC installation faults resulting in pipe failures - a pipe in a hot area actually melted.
* UPS failures.
* Highlighting of inadequate power avail- ability to the datacentre.

Paul continues: “ This is the only time we see people happy when things are going wrong. Our equipment detects these kinds of key problems well before the client has to discover them.”

Hillstone’s business is doing well both in the UK and abroad.  

To date, the company has supported IST projects for customers such as:
  • Media City - Manchester UK (the new home of the BBC Television Centre),
  • Media City - Manchester
  • Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi,
  • Telecity London UK (one of the largest co-location providers in Europe),
  • Lynx Telecom in Poland,
  • Volkswagen HQ in Germany.

For further information please contact Paul Smethurst via:
UAE: Tel +971 (0) 4 255 9355   Mob 00971 503690433   Dubai loadbank sales
UK:   Tel +44(0) 161763 3100   Mob 00447774 752 858  UK Loadbank sales

Sunday, 28 October 2012

iHHC2 - hand held controller for Hillstone AC load bank control


The NEW iHCC-2 from Hillstone is a robust intelligent loadbank controller, that allows common connection of multiple load banks.


The controller allows "on the fly" setting and selection of the required load. 

The load can be quickly set from 0 to max load via 3 robust push buttons: x1 x10 x100.

The operator can also make fine adjustment in 1kw steps in real time via up down increment and decrement buttons.


The iHHC-2 allows for parallel control of up to 8 load banks. 

When multiple load banks are connected in a daisy chain loop, the single controller will control all the load banks.

Feature Upon initial start up of the load bank the display on the controller of the maximum available kw.

Feature THe NEW iHHC-2 uses a 4 line LCD display with high illumination showing 4 digit KW readings.

Feature The LCD supports an 270o viewing angle and allows viewing even in bright sunlight.

Feature The NEW iHHC-2 is compatible with the the 2 types of AC loadbanks models in the product range.

(i)     The standard loadbank displays the default load values at 415V to always be displayed


(ii)     The enhanced real time load display on the iHHC2 incorporates panel mounted power meter fitted to the load bank.  This display the actual load values on the generator or UPS system on the iHHC2.

Existing Customers hand held upgrades

For customers that have the old iHHC controller we can offer an low cost hardware upgrade to the new iHHC2.

We only require customers to supply the M36 serial number of the purchased load bank and we will arrange collection and replacement.

Please contact:                   
UAE: Tel +971 (0) 4  255   9355
UK:   Tel +44   (0) 161 763 3100 

Understanding generator wet stacking problems

Part One from our series of informative load bank usage blogs

Regular load bank testing of your generator prevents damage or engine failure that can occur from running under load or below the WET STACKING LEVEL

Wet stacking - the problem:

Wet stacking occurs due to running the genset on a low load.  This in turn prevents the engine temperature running at the required design temperature, typically 100 - 200oC, and results with un-burnt fuel deposits being left and building up in the engine cylinders. 

This fuel build up will over time line the combustion chamber cylinders and cause a reduction in the engine ratings and efficiency, which will ultimately cause premature failure of the generator.

Wet stacking - the solution:

Running the generator on load of 30% - 100% of the genset rating will allow the engine to reach the recommend operating temperature.  This will burn off the choke deposits and discharge lots of black smoke and maybe hot balls of carbon out of the exhaust.

Load banks can be used in two applications to prevent wet stacking, these are:

      (i)     100% load bank testing
As part of regular maintenance and after say running the load bank for 100 hours at low load the load bank testing for between 2 to 4 hours will be sufficient to clear the carbon deposits and prove the generator efficiency.

     (ii)     Installing a permanent load bank with auto load shedding.
A special controller is fitted to the load bank and the generator output to monitor and regulate the load to  ensure a minimum 30% load setting is always applied.

For a complete range of load banks for generator wet stacking testing - Hillstone are your ideal suppliers

UK Sales office                   +44(0) 161 763 3100
Middle East Sales Office     +971 (0)  4 255 9334

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Hillstone Middle East Trading LLC NEW office address

The location address for the new Dubai offices are available on google maps

PO Box 61574, Dubai

Office #107, Corner City Building, Near Coca-Cola office, Al Badia-Festival City, Dubai, UAE

Tel - +971 (0) 42559355
Fax - +971 (0) 42514593

Hillstone MET operate under a Commercial License for sales and rental service for Hillstone Loadbanks UK.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Dubai loadbank service center

Hillstone Middle East Trading LLC will with immediate effect automatically transfer all warranty and service contracts for any load banks or battery chargers that have been purchased via any sales channels in the Middle East under its control.

Hillstone MET will be able to offer equipment annual service contracts both on site and at customers facilities

Additional services will include training courses on our suite of software from our offices.

For further information please contact Mr Paul Smethurst - 00971 503690433

Hillstone Middle East Trading LLC

Hillstone Middle East Trading is now officially open for business!

Based in Dubai, UAE - Hillstone MET, has been issued a trading and service licence to allow the sale of load banks on behalf of Hillstone Products Ltd - UK and also to operate a load bank rental fleet.

Hillstone MET will also provide professional services for testing and commissioning as part of mechanical and electrical Integrated System Testing, commonly delivered to the Datacenter industry

The registered office is located at Office #107, Corner City Building, Near to Coca-Cola Offices, Al Badia/Festival City, Dubai, UAE.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Press article on rack mounted mini tower load banks at Telecity -Powergate

During the last quarter of 2010 Hillstone designed and supplied 2.2MW of 6KW 19" rack load banks in 122 portable mini towers, to Telecity Powergate datacentre facility in West London.

The following picture and supporting text was published on  the web site ZDNet UK

To get a picture of how the datacentre consumes power day-by-day, Telecity has hundreds of server-simulators (pictured) available that it uses to mimic the expected power load. 

This helps them find kinks in their power distribution systems before customers put their racks in. 

The modelling lets Telecity stress-test the power systems' response to demand spikes and expected loads.

Photo credit: Jack Clark

Hillstone have 3MW of rack mounted load banks available for rental in depots located in UK, Poland and Dubai  UK: +44(0) 161 763 3100 

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Hillstone to Exhibit at Middle East 2012 - Dubai

Stand ZH19 will host Hillstone loadbanks and the new commissioning and high voltage testing services

Hillstone will for the first time finally exhibit at the Middle East Electricity Show in Dubai on 7-9th February 2012.

The show will be the ideal platform to show case our established UAE hire fleet and our expansion into load bank manufacture in Dubai.

We have also created a datacenter division which is focused on integrated system testing, commissioning and high voltage services.

The show will also be used by our Middle East partners to engage and develop new & existing customers  opportunities and potentials.  UK: +44(0) 161 763 3100 
UAE: +971 (0)50 369 0433

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Server Simulator 19" rack load banks in UAE rental depot

The Hillstone Middle East load bank rental depot in Dubai has received its first batch of  19" rack mounted server simulators.

40 load banks of type HAC230-6RM - the versatile 6KW load bank, were instantly deployed to assist in an Integrated System Testing in Abu Dabhi, UAE.  

The IST programme was an extra to the original design and build and the new tenant requested that heat load testing be carried out to establish the HVAC and power operated in the room without hot spots or failure.  

Assisting our direct customer, a datacentre consultancy company in Dubai, a pre-deployment site visit was made by Paul Smethurst - CEO Hillstone Middle East to establish the clients requirements.  

The datahall did not have any racks installed but the 125 ceiling mounted 16A single phase power points allow easy connection to the 19" rack load banks.  A total room loading requirement was established at 220KW

A total of 38 units were positioned over the intended rack locations and 114 connections were made to the  load banks.

The delivery, installation, removal and return delivery was provided by Hillstone's local partner.

The datacentre consultant provided temperature logging devices and oversaw the 12 hour heat test.

The programme took only 2 days on site and gave the pending tenant the re-assurance the datahall will be ready to use.

For further information please contact Paul Smethurst on +971 (0)50 369 0433

Friday, 26 August 2011

Neal Foster – New Senior Sales Manager for Hillstone Loadbanks

Editorial in WIP magazine

Neal Foster (41) is the newly-appointed Senior Sales Manager for  Hillstone Loadbanks, the UK-based company which has established an international reputation for its design, manufacture and rental operations involving  AC & DC load banks to customers  in Europe, the Middle East and in Asia.  

Paul Smethurst,  Managing Director of Hillstone Products, told WIP:  "Neal Foster is a professional who brings with him a wealth of knowledge about loadbank technology and a unique understanding of the engineering aspects of the business. We are very pleased to have on our team."

Neal himself has 25 years' experience in mechanical and electrical  engineering and began his career as a mechanical engineer for a small engineer firm in Suffolk, before joining the Royal Navy as a marine engineer. A former Lead Engineer with Stiell Facilities Ltd,  where he was responsible for the electrical infrastructure of a large telecommunications company's data centre, he went on to work with Emerson Network Power as the UPS Technical Supervisor, before being promoted to Technical Service Sales Manager, gaining a wealth of experience in testing of UPS and data Centre. He has worked closely with clients on IST, Black Building Testing, Commissioning and SATs, for both new installs and maintenance.

Comments Neal: "This appointment is a new challenge for me in a field where I have worked for most of my professional life. Today's load banks - in particular - have a key role to play within data centres, being used for testing black starts generators, UPS systems and standby batteries, in addition to HVAC. Hillstone has rightly earned an international reputation for reacting quickly and efficiently to requests for rental equipment, thanks to our own fleet of vehicles which provides an unparalleled nationwide delivery and installation service to meet the requirements of our data centre customers.”

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Testing on CLOUD 9

The number of new data centres is set for a significant increase in the next few years to cater for the world’s insatiable demand for data storage. 

One factor which will push the requirement for data centres is the success of the Apple iPad and similar products from other manufacturers.

Apple alone sold over 7 million iPads in the last quarter of 2010 and plans production of even greater numbers during 2011 and beyond.

The vast array of smart phones and portable tablet devices that can now access the web, and do not use traditional hard drive data storage – in addition to the consumer market’s use of social networking web sites such as Facebook & MySpace and tools such as Twitter and Blogs – have created a greater demand for cloud computing. 

All this data has to be stored somewhere, theoretically up on the ‘cloud’, when in reality it is stored down on earth in data centres. It is not just the reliability of data storage but also increased storage capacity that will be a critical factor when designing heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) for data centres. 

The consultant’s objective in commissioning the HVAC in a data centre is to ensure the data hall is designed for the required servers and data storage equipment. It is here the use of load banks as server simulators enable close representation to live running conditions.

Hillstone Products has, for over 20 years, designed, manufactured and rented load banks for specialised markets. 

“Our range of 19” rack mounted load banks have been supplied to test both HVAC and the electrical power infrastructure” said managing director Paul Smethurst. 

20KW mini towers fitted with 3 x 6.66KW 4U 19" rack loads

“When the rack mounted load banks are fitted into our 20KW Mini-Towers, data halls can be commissioned and even sold to clients prior to ‘fitting out’ of the racks”.
Load banks have an important role within data centres being used for testing black starts generators, UPS systems and standby batteries, in addition to HVAC.

“We are able to react quickly and efficiently to requests for rental equipment, with our own fleet of vehicles, which provides an unparalleled nationwide delivery and installation service to meet the requirements of our data centre customers”.

Recent projects have included the supply of over 2.5 MW of 19” rack modules to a leading co-location customer, thus allowing the sale of available new data halls. This project also included the use of over a hundred mini towers to ensure an even heat distribution was achieved prior to the racks being installed. When the racks and cooling containment pods are fitted, the rack mounted load banks are then fitted into the racks to ensure full server simulation is achieved during commissioning.    Tel +44(0) 161 763 3100 

Sunday, 6 February 2011

UAE Solar Salim Mastan load bank

The following video from You Tube showing a DC load bank on rental to discharge batteries on a solar array in Dubai

For further information on the largest DC rental fleet of load banks in the Middle East please contact:

-  Hillstone Middle East Load Banks - UAE: + 971 50 3690433

Friday, 14 January 2011

Middle East Power editorial Feb 2011

The following article is a copy of the editorial in the February addition of Middle East Power.  Middle East Power is the official magazine for the Dubai based Middle East Electricity Show held on the 8th to the 10th February 2011.

This press feature covers a recent load bank rental project for the new Green Line of the Dubai Metro which used both hire AC & DC load banks.

The Dubai Metro loads up with Hillstone
In a major contract Hillstone Products Ltd recently provided loadbanks for 
the autonomous testing of the UPS systems installed by the Dubai Metro, a 
driverless, fully-automated Metro network in the United Arab Emirates 
city of Dubai in the UAE. WIP has the story.

When the Dubai Metro needed to find load banks to commission standby UPS systems on the Dubai Metro Green Line, it was fortunate that a UAE hire fleet from Hillstone Products had just the range of AC & DC load banks to fit project requirements.

The Dubai Metro, a driverless, fully- automated Metro network in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai in the UAE, has already carried approximately 20 million passengers since it opened in 2009.
Hillstone reports that 200kW and 300kW AC units along with 120V DC load banks were supplied for autonomy load testing and battery capacity testing by the Metro.

Paul Smethurst, MD of Hillstone, told MEP: “Since 2008 Hillstone have successfully operated a specialised Load Bank Rental Service from Dubai covering the whole Middle East region.”
Hillstone’s Load Bank Fleet contains an extensive range of both AC and DC units. The DC load banks are said to be very portable and allow for ease of movement to the battery or UPS room by one man.  The AC load banks are designed with a small footprint and can deliver high power ratings with the use of the intelligent parallel hand held controller.

A cornerstone of the successful rental service is the technical support given by the UK engineering department, says the company. Every enquiry is fully supported to ensure the UAE sales team can provide the highest engineering standard and solution to the customer.
Part of the technical discussions for DC load banks requirements often starts with the need to established the type, size and capacity of the battery to allow selection of a suitable load bank, says Paul.
“Our customers get the reassurance from our extensive experience of UK engineering standards to ensure the load bank package suits the commissioning needs” Paul reports.

“Our DC load banks are used for commissioning testing for both Ni-Cad and Lead Acid batteries used on telecom and UPS standby systems. With ratings available from 12V to 600V and allowing discharge testing from 50A to over 4000A, we can satisfy most requirements across the Middle East,” says Paul.
All the specialist equipment has been designed and manufactured by Hillstone in the UK and regular additions to the fleet are introduced.

The Middle East fleet includes AC load banks of both single-phase and 3-phase designs with portable equipment rated from 14KW 240V single phase. Larger 3 - phase designs include 100KW, 200KW, 300KW, 500KW and 650KW load banks, with total power availability of over 3000KW when the units are linked together.

One recent project involved the supply of 650KW load banks to Qatar Gas for the Dubai-based oil rig manufacturer J Ray McDermott. A load bank was required for the commissioning & testing of the platform’s electrical power system during production in Dubai and also during the rig transfer to Qatar.

Hillstone has expansion plans for 2011 which include the opening of a new rental depot in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “This is a very exciting opportunity with the introduction of a depot inside the Kingdom allowing for an enhanced service to customers and an opportunity to overcome the importing and re export costs presently experienced,” Paul concludes.    Tel +971 503690433 

Monday, 10 January 2011

Safety First for Hillstone Load Bank Hire Service

The site service division of Hillstone Products has been developed for delivery, installations and removal of rental load banks.   Our abilities now extend to provide the highest safety standards when supplying from the wide range of AC load banks used for testing UPS systems, gensets and HVAC.

The site service team operates using:

  • 4x4 towing off road utility vehicles
  • Jumbo transit vans
  • Long wheel based towing vans

All vehicles are fitted with rear view camera's and reversing sounders, flashing roof and front grill beacons to comply with UK health and safety on-site driving requirements.
When the need to provide a road tow load bank exists we can use vehicles that are fitted with digital tachographs so we can comply with European driving legislation 

Where possible we utilise our low carbon emission vans, this both keeps our transportations costs to a minimum and improves our impact on the environment.

Our proactive safety policy is backed up with our ISO9001 quality standards which includes our vans being fitted with winches for the use with tail ramps to allow the safe loading and unloading of load banks. 

We are therefore not dependant on using customers or site fork lift trucks so unloading on busy sites is kept to a minimum and thus improving our efficiency and keeping customers costs to a minimum.

The site service package also includes a high level of documentation such as specific and generic method statements and risk assessments, operating manuals, installation diagrams and equipment quality assurance certificates.

Each load bank technician is equipped with CSCS cards and full PPE equipment to UK standards including: goggles, gloves, hats, boots, high viz clothing.

Our site duties ( when requested ) includes for site survey, equipment off loading, cable laying, positioning of load banks, providing safety barriers and cable ramps and operating the load banks.  

Our reputation for high levels of professional service and politeness is ensuring customers use Hillstone as their preferred load bank solutions partner.    Tel +44(0) 161 763 3100 

Sunday, 24 October 2010

ADIPEC oil & gas show, 1-4 Nov 2010

Hillstone exhibited along side our then Middle East partner at the 2010 ADIPEC exhibition in Abu Dhabi, UAE

This is the second show that Hillstone had joined this partner at ADIPEC but we have now no longer involved with this company.

For any UAE - Middle East load bank related enquiries or for direct support on load banks supplied by Hillstone Products Limited please contact our sister company - Hillstone Middle East LLC, that is based in Dubai    Tel +971 503690433 

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Generator testing using AC load banks

Regular maintenance
Wet stacking occurs predominantly with under loaded gen-sets that are used in prime power applications. By using a load bank, as part of any regular maintenance routine, will provide the generators an essential health check and prevent diesel engine failure due to wet stacking. 

Wet stacking
Wet stacking occurs due to the lightly loading ( at levels of less than 35% for a prolong time period ) of a genset.   The consequence of low loading results in wet un-burned fuel deposits building up in the engine cylinders. This fuel residue over time will line the combustion chamber cylinders and cause a reduction of the engines performance rating and efficiency which will ultimately cause premature failure of the generator. 

As part of the regular maintenance it is recommended that the genset is loaded in incremental steps with due consideration of the age and service history of the genset is given prior to  loading at 100%

Running the generator on loads above 35% of the genset rating will allow the engine to reach the recommend operating temperature, which will burn off the choke deposits. 

Load bank generator service
Hillstone Products can provide the complete genset load banking package.  Our load bank team(s) operate across the whole of the UK and the supplied service frequently involves:

  •                Off loading of the load bank
  •                Positioning of the load bank with safety barriers as required
  •                Laying cables without causing obstruction
  •               Operating load bank  
  •                Removal of equipment from site
We are happy to work along side customer's service teams or on behalf of customers as required.

The available range of load banks allows for testing of gensets up-to 2000KVA.
Our sales team are available to discuss your Genset testing requirements:    Tel +44(0) 161 763 3100